Norwalk resident Lynn Chapin said she believes there is a need for sports equipment among today's youth.
She intends to do something about it.
Chapin and about 40 volunteers plan to collect sports equipment and other items from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 to benefit disadvantaged children. They include area youngsters, as well as those from New Orleans' Harriet Tubman Elementary and a school in Biloxi, Miss.
If you wish, you can place sports equipment you do not need on your porch or tree lawn by Oct. 27. A team of volunteers will walk around the city looking for such items. Another team will set up shop next to Sheri's Coffee House for those who wish to drop off items.
Chapin said she is especially looking for soccer equipment.
She is heading up the project for the annual Make a Difference Day the largest national community service day, which falls annually on the fourth Saturday of October. The day is sponsored by USA Weekend magazine, is included each Friday as a supplement with the Norwalk Reflector. As a newspaper that gets USA Weekend, the Reflector is a co-sponsor of Make a Difference Day.
Chapin said she's always performed community service and thought collecting sporting equipment would be a good idea.
"I'm hoping that we're going to have a lot of donations to send down," she said. "Those kids down there had so much to deal with."
Chapin said a former Norwalk couple now living in New Orleans informed her about the need at the school.
A semi will deliver the items to the Big Easy and Chapin said she plans to be there when it arrives.
Meanwhile, Chapin said she plans to ask the Rev. Larry Lambes, a former Norwalk minister whose brother lives in Biloxi, if any school there could use sports equipment.